Disability Discrimination and Mental Health

11 January 2016

In this podcast, Vivienne Reeve, an associate in our Employment & Equalities Team, looks at the main legal obligations for employers when dealing with an employee who is, or may be, classed as disabled and those with mental ill health

In this podcast on Disability Discrimination and Mental Health we look at the challenges faced by organisations in dealing with disabilities in the workplace, the legal obligations and also how this relates to mental health issues.

Vivienne Reeve, an associate in our Employment & Equalities Team, explores this important topic.

We answer these questions:

  • What are the main legal structures employers need to consider?
  • What you need to consider to avoid a breach of the Equality Act and who does it apply to?
  • What forms could discrimination take?
  • What is the distinction between 'direct' and 'indirect' discrimination?
  • What do we mean by ‘harassment’?
  • When might victimisation occur?
  • What other legal obligations are relevant to mental health in the workplace?

We have also produced a separate Mental Health podcast looking at the practical issues of dealing with mental health in the workplace and the challenges faced by organisations in dealing with mental health issues. In that podcast we are joined by Dr Mike Drayton, consultant psychologist, to examine some of the practical ways of identifying and improving management of mental health issues and how to review the situation to reduce distress and improve relations and performance.




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